- maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life through vital processes.
- provision with means or funds for upkeep.
- means of sustaining life; sustenance.
Origin of sustentation
Examples from the Web for sustentation
Power of sustentation; the quality of sustaining a weight in the air.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
She wishes you to give her a legal promise of marriage, and sustentation.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
This defection from within not made up by sustentation from without.
Now, Nature is sufficient of itself, not only for sustentation, but also for creation.
The one concerns the laws of sustentation of the system, the other the laws of evolution.
- a less common word for sustenance
Word Origin and History for sustentation
late 14c., from Anglo-French, Old French sustenacion, from Latin sustenationem (nominative sustenatio), noun of action from past participle stem of sustenare, frequentative of sustinere (see sustain).